In 2019, I want to invite you on a journey. We will tour far-off places, travel unfamiliar terrain, be challenged by the opinions of others, have some laughs, and shed some tears, all from the comfort of our homes.
One of the things I’ve lamented since becoming bishop is how little I read. I used to read 75 to 100 books a year. Since I was elected, I’ve read maybe five books a year. I feel that loss deeply. Ever since I was old enough to read, I had my very own library card. Books have been the key that has opened doors to worlds so different from my own, stretched me and soothed me, and enlarged my view of the world.
The books I’m reading these days — because I never read just one book at a time — are:
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson. One of my favorite books—as an avid library lover—is This Book is Overdue, a collection of essays about libraries and librarians, by Johnson. I’ve been looking forward to reading more of her books.
I was given this book by the Duke Clergy Health Initiative. I’ve been concerned about the emotional, spiritual and physical well-being of our clergy. Ministry can take a big toll on us, and studies prove this to be true. I’m looking forward to seeing what this book has to offer and how we can help one another in the MSC reflect something Irenaeus said: “ The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”
I’ve seen many of you comment about Brown’s work on FB and it made me curious to learn more. This book is about community and authenticity. So far it’s an easy read but with simple yet profound truths.
Watch this page because it will be updated regularly. Tell me your thoughts on any of these books. Feel free to email Bishop Oliveto and recommend books that matter to you!
I look forward to seeing where our books will take us.